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California Lemon Lawyers

California's Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly referred to as the California Lemon Law, was enacted in order to provide relief to buyers of problematic vehicles. Generally, the California Lemon Law applies to vehicles which the auto dealerships have been unable to repair within the warranty period after being given a reasonable number of opportunities. For qualifying vehicles, the automobile manufacturer must give the buyer his or her money back and pay off the outstanding loan balance or replace the vehicle with a comparable model.

The California Lemon Law also requires that the automobile manufacturer pay for the consumer's hourly attorney's fees on a meritorious claim. This makes the law economically feasible for those who would otherwise not be in a position to hire an attorney.

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:: Attorney's Fees and the California Lemon Law 

Our California Lemon Law Attorneys

Bickel Sannipoli APC is a statewide practice that provides free case evaluation, document review, and attorney consultation regarding consumers' rights under the California Lemon Law. Either in person or over the phone, we will fully explain the pertinent legal issues and procedures to you at no charge. After consulting with our office, you will likely have a better understanding of the merits of your case and of what is involved in the California Lemon Law process.

Our attorneys place a premium on client communication and awareness and adhere to the highest ethical standards in the prosecution and resolution of all California Lemon Law claims. Should you retain our services, your case will be handled professionally and aggressively with the ultimate goal to reach a swift and prosperous conclusion.

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Why Clients in Los Angeles Trust Bickel Sannipoli APC

If your vehicle is a lemon and you are thinking about taking on a car dealership or an automobile manufacturer, you need to have an experienced legal team on your side. The lawyers at Bickel Sannipoli APC focus exclusively on handling Lemon Law cases for consumers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the State of California. Our experienced legal team will stand up for your rights and hold manufacturers and dealers accountable for the vehicles that they sell. We know what it takes to win a case and get favorable results for our clients.

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling California Lemon Law claims. We have helped thousands of car owners fight back against the carmakers to obtain the relief that they deserve. 

By limiting our civil practice to California Lemon Law, you can be sure that we will give your case the time and attention it deserves. Our attorneys understand the frustration involved in Lemon Law cases, and we will work hard to help you.

We represent consumers across California, not just Los Angeles. While we have offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, our Lemon Law lawyers represent consumers living in all parts of the state, including small towns and rural areas. We will travel to you if a meeting is necessary.

If you are tired of making trips to the dealership, contact our Lemon Law firm today. During your free initial consultation, our legal team will carefully review your case and give you the information and advice you need to make informed decisions about asserting your legal rights. When you choose our attorneys to represent you:

  • We will give you straightforward, no-nonsense legal advice. You’ve dealt with enough already. The last thing you need is to get the runaround from your attorneys. We will provide you with straightforward, no-nonsense legal advice, and we will give you the information you need to start making informed decisions immediately.
  • We will tell you exactly what to expect from your Lemon Law claim. Can you get your car replaced? Are you entitled to a financial recovery? How long will the process take? With experience in thousands of California Lemon Law cases, our attorneys can tell you exactly what to expect from your claim.
  • We will fight to resolve your claim as quickly as possible. We will do everything possible to successfully resolve your claim without going to court. If we can convince your vehicle’s manufacturer that it is fighting a losing battle, we may be able to secure a settlement in a matter of months.
  • We will be prepared to take your case to court if necessary. If going to court is your best (or only) option, we will be fully prepared to present your case at trial. We have represented numerous clients in California Lemon Law trials in Los Angeles, and we can use this experience to your advantage.
  • We will make sure you feel confident in the outcome of your case. Regardless of the method of resolution, our sole priority is to make sure that you feel 100 percent confident in the outcome of your case. We want you to feel like you made the right choice of legal representation, and that we truly did everything possible to secure your desired result as quickly and painlessly as possible.


Our Law Firm Answers Your Questions About the California Lemon Law 

It’s best to contact an attorney for a free consultation if you think you may have a claim. In the meantime, review the following FAQs to better understand your options. 

What makes a car a “Lemon?”

If a car has a defect covered under warranty which cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, it may qualify as a Lemon under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California’s Lemon Law.

What is the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act?

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act was enacted as a California consumer protection measure in 1970. Song-Beverly is one of the strongest and most consumer-friendly state Lemon Law statutes in the United States today. The Act requires manufacturers of cars and other consumer goods to repurchase defective products that they have been unable to repair after a reasonable number of warranty repair attempts.

How do I know if I have a Lemon Law case?

Your vehicle may qualify if it:

  • Suffers from a defect covered under warranty; and
  • The manufacturer or its dealerships are unable to repair the defect after a reasonable number of opportunities.

How many repair visits are required under the Lemon Law?

California’s Lemon Law does not require a set number of repair visits, only that the manufacturer failed to repair the vehicle after a “reasonable” number of opportunities. In some cases, even one visit may qualify if the proper measures are followed.

Factors to consider in assessing whether a reasonable number of visits have been performed:

  • The number of times the vehicle has been presented for repair of the defect (that the dealership actually performed repairs is not required);
  • The nature and severity of the defect;
  • The cumulative number of days the vehicle has been the shop for warranty repair of the defect; and
  • The manufacturer’s internal documentation regarding the defect.

Most often, no more than four visits will be required to meet the burden, but oftentimes, fewer than four visits will be enough.

How long does the claim process take?

We cannot legally guarantee an outcome by time or result under State Bar guidelines. Most Lemon Law cases will take a matter of months to resolve. The length of time will largely depend on the strength of the case and which manufacturer is defending the claim. As a part of your free consultation, we can give you a better idea as to how assertively a particular manufacturer tends to pursue early settlement.

What happens if your Lemon Law claim is successful?

If your vehicle qualifies for repurchase under the California Lemon Law, you will be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.

Compensation on a Lemon Law claim includes: 

  • Refund of Down Payment and Monthly Car Payments: A repurchase includes a refund of your down payment and monthly car payments made. From the refund, the manufacturer will receive a statutory credit for the good use you got from the vehicle before you first presented it for repair of the defect.
  • Incidental Damages: Incidental damages can include out-of-pocket costs of repair, rental car expenses, and applicable towing expenses related to the defect.
  • Vehicle Loan or Lease Payoff: The manufacturer will pay the outstanding balance on your vehicle loan or lease.
  • Return of the Vehicle: You will return the defective vehicle to the manufacturer.

Is my leased vehicle covered by the California Lemon Law?

Yes, under California Civil Code § 1795.4, the protections of the California Lemon Law expressly apply to leased vehicles.

Restitution on a lease will be similar to that of purchased vehicles, including refund of the lease inception payment, monthly payments, and incidental damages less a mileage offset credit to the manufacturer. Restitution will also include payoff of the lease and the return of the vehicle to the manufacturer in the event the vehicle has not already been returned under the lease.

Does the California Lemon Law apply to used vehicle?

Yes, the California Lemon Law applies to used vehicles so long as they are covered by a warranty. Vehicles sold used but still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty and vehicles sold with Certified Pre-Owned Warranties will have Lemon Law protection.

Do I really need a Lemon Law firm?

Instead of offering a repurchase, many manufacturers will refer consumers without legal counsel to their arbitration program when Lemon Law relief is requested. However, there is no obligation that a consumer participate in arbitration before pursuing a claim, and the arbitration programs are oftentimes biased in favor of the manufacturers.

Other times, manufacturers will offer consumers what they call a repurchase, but the refund will be short thousands of dollars of the actual statutory entitlement. Without being versed in the calculation of Lemon Law damages, a consumer has no way of knowing if an offer is being made in good faith and in the correct amount, and they will have no recourse if a manufacturer refuses to offer more.

For these reasons, it is best to hire a Lemon Law firm to pursue your rights. A firm will be able to ensure that the proper recovery is being obtained and to aid you through the entire process, including the post-settlement vehicle surrender.

How much does hiring a Lemon Law attorney cost?

At Bickel Sannipoli, we work on a contingency basis. That is, we collect our hourly fees and costs from the manufacturer as a part of the settlement. If we are unable to obtain a recovery, we will not be paid, and you will not owe us anything. There are no up-front fees, and we advance litigation costs on our clients’ behalf.

Our consultations are free, and you will have the opportunity to review an itemization of the net recovery we will be seeking on your behalf before you agree to retain us as your counsel.

Can I meet with Bickel Sannipoli APC remotely?

Yes, our consultations are conducted by phone and email. If an in-person meeting is required during the course of litigation, we will travel to you at no cost. Our Lemon Law firm serves all California residents. 

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

"I was having a reoccurring problem with my vehicle that the dealer couldn't seem to fix and when I contacted the manufacturer they were not willing to help me at all, so I contacted the Bickel law firm. This law firm knows what they are doing and will tell you honestly whether you have a case or not. I highly recommend that you give them a try."
Posted By: Rick Mills